Child Support

Child support is an obligation requiring one party to pay the other party a sum of money intended to provide for the care and maintenance of a joint child or children.  Child support in Minnesota is governed by the Minnesota Child Support Guidelines. In determining child support, a Court will examine many factors including how much parenting time a party is afforded by a Court Order, the gross income of the parties, whether a party is willfully unemployed or underemployed, whether either party has nonjoint children living in their household, whether either party pays spousal maintenance, whether either party pays child support for nonjoint children and whether either party receives Social Security or Veteran’s benefits for the benefit of the child or children.

Child Support In Minnesota

In addition to child support, medical support and child care support are often determined. Medical support apportions the responsibility of the parties with respect to the medical care of the child or children.  This apportionment will determine the responsibilities of the parties to pay for medical and/or dental insurance premiums, and unreimbursed medical or dental expenses for the child or children based on the income of the parties.  In addition, a party paying for medical and dental insurance for the child or children can affect or offset a total child support obligation.

Child care support represents a party’s obligation to pay for work-related child care necessary for the parties’ child or children.  The apportionment of this obligation is determined by the cost of child care for the parties’ child or children and who incurs the cost.

Child support, medical support and child care support are complementary. Generally, child support, medical support and child care support are determined in one proceeding and the determinations with one aspect of support may affect the others.

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*This material is educational only, it does not constitute legal advice, it should not be relied on and it does not create an attorney-client relationship.